Amin Dezfuli

Amin Dezfuli

  • SENIOR RESEARCH SCIENTIST
  • 301.614.5830
  • NASA/GSFC
  • Mail Code: 610.1
  • Greenbelt , MD 20771
  • Employer: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND BALTIMORE CO
  • Research Interests

    Research Interests

    • Regional and global drivers of climate variability and change.
    • Climatic drivers of bird migration.
    • Climate change impacts on water security and conflicts.
    • Impacts of aerosols on precipitation processes.
    • Atmospheric rivers.
    • Spatio-temporal variability of past and future climate.
    • Analysis of satellite precipitation products.

    Teaching Experience

    Modeling the Hydrological Cycle
    Johns Hopkins University, Co-taught with Ben Zaitchik, Spring 2015.

    Education

    Ph.D., Atmospheric Sciences, 2011
    Florida State University

    M.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering, 2003
    Amirkabir University of Technology

    B.S., Agricultural-Water Engineering, 2000
    Urmia University

    Awards

    • NASA Robert H. Goddard Honor Award for Science, 2022
    • Scientific Achievement Award, NASA Global Modeling & Assimilation Office, 2021

    Other Professional Information

    Publications

    Refereed

    Thomas, N. P., A. B. Marquardt Collow, M. G. Bosilovich, and A. Dezfuli. 2023. "Effect of Baseline Period on Quantification of Climate Extremes Over the United States." Geophysical Research Letters, 50 (17): [10.1029/2023gl105204]

    Schubert, S. D., Y. Chang, A. M. DeAngelis, et al. Y.-K. Lim, N. P. Thomas, R. D. Koster, M. G. Bosilovich, A. M. Molod, A. Collow, and A. Dezfuli. 2023. "Causes of the 2022/23 California Flooding: A Detailed Anatomy of an Extreme Event." Journal of Climate, (Submitted)

    Dezfuli, A. 2023. "Climate extremes and Middle East protests: Lessons from 2021 ." Nature Middle East, [10.1038/nmiddleeast.2023.33]

    Razavi, S., D. M. Hannah, A. Elshorbagy, et al. S. Kumar, L. Marshall, D. P. Solomatine, A. Dezfuli, M. Sadegh, and J. Famiglietti. 2022. "Coevolution of Machine Learning and Process‐based Modelling to Revolutionize Earth and Environmental Sciences: A Perspective." Hydrological Processes, [10.1002/hyp.14596]

    Dezfuli, A., S. Razavi, and B. F. Zaitchik. 2022. "Compound Effects of Climate Change on Future Transboundary Water Issues in the Middle East." Earth's Future, 10 (4): [10.1029/2022ef002683]

    Dezfuli, A., K. G. Horton, B. Zuckerberg, S. D. Schubert, and M. G. Bosilovich. 2022. "Continental Patterns of Bird Migration Linked to Climate Variability." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 103 (2): E536-E547 [10.1175/bams-d-21-0220.1]

    Dezfuli, A., M. G. Bosilovich, and D. Barahona. 2021. "A Dusty Atmospheric River Brings Floods to the Middle East." Geophysical Research Letters, 48 (23): [10.1029/2021gl095441]

    Thomas, N. P., M. G. Bosilovich, A. B. Marquardt Collow, et al. R. D. Koster, S. D. Schubert, A. Dezfuli, and S. P. Mahanama. 2020. "Mechanisms Associated with Daytime and Nighttime Heat Waves over the Contiguous United States." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 59 (11): 1865-1882 [10.1175/jamc-d-20-0053.1]

    Orbe, C., L. Van Roekel, Á. F. Adames, et al. A. Dezfuli, J. Fasullo, P. J. Gleckler, J. Lee, W. Li, L. Nazarenko, G. A. Schmidt, K. R. Sperber, and M. Zhao. 2020. "Representation of Modes of Variability in Six U.S. Climate Models." Journal of Climate, 33 (17): 7591-7617 [10.1175/jcli-d-19-0956.1]

    Dezfuli, A. 2019. "Rare atmospheric river caused record floods across the Middle East." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 101 (4): BAMS-D-19-0247.1 [10.1175/bams-d-19-0247.1]

    Rougé, C., A. Tilmant, B. Zaitchik, A. Dezfuli, and M. Salman. 2018. "Identifying Key Water Resource Vulnerabilities in Data‐Scarce Transboundary River Basins." Water Resources Research, 54 (8): 5264-5281 [10.1029/2017wr021489]

    Nicholson, S. E., D. Klotter, A. K. Dezfuli, and L. Zhou. 2018. "New Rainfall Datasets for the Congo Basin and Surrounding Regions." Journal of Hydrometeorology, 19 (8): 1379-1396 [10.1175/jhm-d-18-0015.1]

    Dezfuli, A. K., C. M. Ichoku, G. J. Huffman, et al. K. I. Mohr, J. S. Selker, N. van de Giesen, R. Hochreutener, and F. O. Annor. 2017. "Validation of IMERG precipitation in Africa." Journal of Hydrometeorology, 18 (2017): 2817-2825 [10.1175/JHM-D-17-0139.1]

    Dezfuli, A. K., C. M. Ichoku, K. I. Mohr, and G. J. Huffman. 2017. "Precipitation characteristics in West and East Africa from satellite and in situ observations." Journal of Hydrometeorology, 18 (6): 1799-1805 [10.1175/jhm-d-17-0068.1]

    Dezfuli, A. 2017. "Climate of Western and Central Equatorial Africa." Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science, [10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.511]

    Dezfuli, A. K., B. F. Zaitchik, H. S. Badr, J. Evans, and C. D. Peters-Lidard. 2017. "The Role of Low-Level, Terrain-Induced Jets in Rainfall Variability in Tigris–Euphrates Headwaters." Journal of Hydrometeorology, 18 (3): 819-835 [10.1175/jhm-d-16-0165.1]

    Badr, H. S., A. K. Dezfuli, B. F. Zaitchik, and C. D. Peters-Lidard. 2016. "Regionalizing Africa: Patterns of Precipitation Variability in Observations and Global Climate Models." Journal of Climate, 29 (24): 9027-9043 [10.1175/jcli-d-16-0182.1]

    Rivero-Calle, S., C. E. Del Castillo, A. Gnanadesikan, et al. A. Dezfuli, B. Zaitchik, and D. G. Johns. 2016. "Interdecadal Trichodesmium variability in cold North Atlantic waters." Global Biogeochemical Cycles, [10.1002/2015gb005361]

    Ichoku, C., L. T. Ellison, K. E. Willmot, et al. T. Matsui, A. K. Dezfuli, C. K. Gatebe, J. Wang, E. M. Wilcox, J. Lee, J. Adegoke, C. Okonkwo, J. Bolten, F. S. Policelli, and S. Habib. 2016. "Biomass burning, land-cover change, and the hydrological cycle in Northern sub-Saharan Africa." Environmental Research Letters, 11 (9): 095005 [10.1088/1748-9326/11/9/095005]

    Badr, H. S., B. F. Zaitchik, and A. K. Dezfuli. 2015. "A tool for hierarchical climate regionalization." Earth Science Informatics, 8 (4): 949--958.

    Dezfuli, A. K., B. F. Zaitchik, and A. Gnanadesikan. 2015. "Regional atmospheric circulation and rainfall variability in south equatorial Africa." Journal of Climate, 28 (2): 809--818.

    Badr, H., B. Zaitchik, and A. Dezfuli. 2014. "HiClimR: Hierarchical climate regionalization." Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN).[Available online at http://cran. r-project. org/package5HiClimR.],

    Berhane, F., B. Zaitchik, and A. Dezfuli. 2014. "Subseasonal analysis of precipitation variability in the Blue Nile River Basin." Journal of climate, 27 (1): 325--344.

    Nicholson, S. E., and A. K. Dezfuli. 2013. "The relationship of rainfall variability in western equatorial Africa to the tropical oceans and atmospheric circulation. Part I: The boreal spring." Journal of climate, 26 (1): 45--65.

    Dezfuli, A. K., and S. E. Nicholson. 2013. "The relationship of rainfall variability in western equatorial Africa to the tropical oceans and atmospheric circulation. Part II: The boreal autumn." Journal of Climate, 26 (1): 66--84.

    Nicholson, S. E., A. K. Dezfuli, and D. Klotter. 2012. "A Two-Century Precipitation Dataset for the Continent of Africa." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 93 (8): 1219-1231 [10.1175/bams-d-11-00212.1]

    Nicholson, S. E., D. Klotter, and A. K. Dezfuli. 2012. "Spatial reconstruction of semi-quantitative precipitation fields over Africa during the nineteenth century from documentary evidence and gauge data." Quaternary Research, 78 (1): 13--23.

    Dezfuli, A. K., and S. E. Nicholson. 2011. "A note on long-term variations of the African easterly jet." International Journal of Climatology, 31 (13): 2049--2054.

    Dezfuli, A. K. 2011. "Spatio-temporal variability of seasonal rainfall in western equatorial Africa." Theoretical and applied climatology, 104 (1-2): 57--69.

    Razavi Toosi, S., J. M. Samani, and A. Koorehpazan Dezfuli. 2010. "Ranking water transfer projects using fuzzy methods." Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers-Water Management, 163 (4): 189--197.

    Dezfuli, A. K., M. Karamouz, and S. Araghinejad. 2010. "On the relationship of regional meteorological drought with SOI and NAO over southwest Iran." Theoretical and applied climatology, 100 (1-2): 57--66.

    Non-Refereed

    Dezfuli, A. 2022. "Congo Basin, a neglected world heritage." Nature Africa [Full Text (Link)] [10.1038/d44148-022-00100-0]

    Dezfuli, A. 2022. "Studying the Middle East’s sky rivers." Nature Middle East [10.1038/nmiddleeast.2022.8]

    Koorehpazan Dezfuli, A. 2005. "Principles of Fuzzy Set Theory and its Applications in the Modeling of Water Engineering Problems (In Persian, reprinted in 2007; 2015)." Tehran, Iran: Jahad-Daneshgahi of Amirkabir University of Technology Publisher, ISBN: 964-8737-11-8.

    Talks, Presentations and Posters

    Invited

    Continental patterns of bird migration linked to climate variability

    6 / 2022

    NASA / GSFC, Science & Exploration Directorate (SED) Seminar

    Climate Change Risks and Scenarios: What is at stake in the Euphrates-Tigris Basin?

    5 / 2022

    Virtual Panel Discussion at UCLA

    Climate change and extreme events in the Middle East: mechanisms and impacts

    12 / 2021

    World Bank

    Continental patterns of bird migration linked to climate variability

    11 / 2021

    The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Health Community of Practice

    Atmospheric rivers bring floods and dust to the Middle East

    9 / 2021

    SSAI Live Lecture Lab

    Atmospheric rivers bring floods and dust to the Middle East

    4 / 2021

    UMBC

    Global and local aspects of climate variability in equatorial Africa.

    4 / 2017

    The Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center (ESSIC), UMD, College Park.

    Global and local aspects of climate variability in equatorial Africa.

    2 / 2017

    Department of Earth System Science, University of California, Irvine.

    Driving factors of rainfall variability in equatorial Africa.

    5 / 2016

    Climate & Radiation Laboratory Seminar Series, NASA/GSFC, Greenbelt.

    Regional atmospheric circulation and rainfall variability in equatorial Africa.

    7 / 2013

    Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University.

    Atmospheric circulation in equatorial Africa.

    5 / 2013

    The Center for Environmental and Applied Fluid Mechanics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore.

    Tutorial workshop on Applications of Fuzzy Sets Theory in Hydrology.

    12 / 2005

    Water Research Institute, Tehran, Iran.

    Selected Public Outreach

    Feature article and video interview on “Climate impacts on bird migration” 2022 - 2022
    https://www.nasa.gov/feature/esnt/2022/nasa-study-climate-patterns-thousands-of-miles-away-affect-us-bird-migration

    NASA Earth Science News

    NASA Panelist at Awesome Con event, discussing “Bridging Climate and Art” 6 / 2022 - 6 / 2022

    Washington DC

    Featured in Nature Research Highlights 2021 - 2021
    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-03646-5

    Nature

    Selected in “Art in Space” program: "Climate-inspired drawings" being etched on the side of a SuperDove satellite and launched to space 1 / 2022 - 1 / 2022
    https://www.ssaihq.com/news/-/articles/ssai-s-amin-dezfuli-s-art-goes-to-space?backURL=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ssaihq.com%2Fnews%3Fp_p_id%3Dcom_liferay_asset_publisher_web_portlet_AssetPublisherPortlet_INST

    Planet Labs

    Publications

    Refereed

    Thomas, N. P., A. B. Marquardt Collow, M. G. Bosilovich, and A. Dezfuli. 2023. "Effect of Baseline Period on Quantification of Climate Extremes Over the United States." Geophysical Research Letters 50 (17): [10.1029/2023gl105204]

    Schubert, S. D., Y. Chang, A. M. DeAngelis, et al. Y.-K. Lim, N. P. Thomas, R. D. Koster, M. G. Bosilovich, A. M. Molod, A. Collow, and A. Dezfuli. 2023. "Causes of the 2022/23 California Flooding: A Detailed Anatomy of an Extreme Event." Journal of Climate (Submitted)

    Dezfuli, A. 2023. "Climate extremes and Middle East protests: Lessons from 2021 ." Nature Middle East [10.1038/nmiddleeast.2023.33]

    Razavi, S., D. M. Hannah, A. Elshorbagy, et al. S. Kumar, L. Marshall, D. P. Solomatine, A. Dezfuli, M. Sadegh, and J. Famiglietti. 2022. "Coevolution of Machine Learning and Process‐based Modelling to Revolutionize Earth and Environmental Sciences: A Perspective." Hydrological Processes [10.1002/hyp.14596]

    Dezfuli, A., S. Razavi, and B. F. Zaitchik. 2022. "Compound Effects of Climate Change on Future Transboundary Water Issues in the Middle East." Earth's Future 10 (4): [10.1029/2022ef002683]

    Dezfuli, A., K. G. Horton, B. Zuckerberg, S. D. Schubert, and M. G. Bosilovich. 2022. "Continental Patterns of Bird Migration Linked to Climate Variability." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 103 (2): E536-E547 [10.1175/bams-d-21-0220.1]

    Dezfuli, A., M. G. Bosilovich, and D. Barahona. 2021. "A Dusty Atmospheric River Brings Floods to the Middle East." Geophysical Research Letters 48 (23): [10.1029/2021gl095441]

    Thomas, N. P., M. G. Bosilovich, A. B. Marquardt Collow, et al. R. D. Koster, S. D. Schubert, A. Dezfuli, and S. P. Mahanama. 2020. "Mechanisms Associated with Daytime and Nighttime Heat Waves over the Contiguous United States." Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 59 (11): 1865-1882 [10.1175/jamc-d-20-0053.1]

    Orbe, C., L. Van Roekel, Á. F. Adames, et al. A. Dezfuli, J. Fasullo, P. J. Gleckler, J. Lee, W. Li, L. Nazarenko, G. A. Schmidt, K. R. Sperber, and M. Zhao. 2020. "Representation of Modes of Variability in Six U.S. Climate Models." Journal of Climate 33 (17): 7591-7617 [10.1175/jcli-d-19-0956.1]

    Dezfuli, A. 2019. "Rare atmospheric river caused record floods across the Middle East." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 101 (4): BAMS-D-19-0247.1 [10.1175/bams-d-19-0247.1]

    Rougé, C., A. Tilmant, B. Zaitchik, A. Dezfuli, and M. Salman. 2018. "Identifying Key Water Resource Vulnerabilities in Data‐Scarce Transboundary River Basins." Water Resources Research 54 (8): 5264-5281 [10.1029/2017wr021489]

    Nicholson, S. E., D. Klotter, A. K. Dezfuli, and L. Zhou. 2018. "New Rainfall Datasets for the Congo Basin and Surrounding Regions." Journal of Hydrometeorology 19 (8): 1379-1396 [10.1175/jhm-d-18-0015.1]

    Dezfuli, A. K., C. M. Ichoku, G. J. Huffman, et al. K. I. Mohr, J. S. Selker, N. van de Giesen, R. Hochreutener, and F. O. Annor. 2017. "Validation of IMERG precipitation in Africa." Journal of Hydrometeorology 18 (2017): 2817-2825 [10.1175/JHM-D-17-0139.1]

    Dezfuli, A. K., C. M. Ichoku, K. I. Mohr, and G. J. Huffman. 2017. "Precipitation characteristics in West and East Africa from satellite and in situ observations." Journal of Hydrometeorology 18 (6): 1799-1805 [10.1175/jhm-d-17-0068.1]

    Dezfuli, A. 2017. "Climate of Western and Central Equatorial Africa." Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science [10.1093/acrefore/9780190228620.013.511]

    Dezfuli, A. K., B. F. Zaitchik, H. S. Badr, J. Evans, and C. D. Peters-Lidard. 2017. "The Role of Low-Level, Terrain-Induced Jets in Rainfall Variability in Tigris–Euphrates Headwaters." Journal of Hydrometeorology 18 (3): 819-835 [10.1175/jhm-d-16-0165.1]

    Badr, H. S., A. K. Dezfuli, B. F. Zaitchik, and C. D. Peters-Lidard. 2016. "Regionalizing Africa: Patterns of Precipitation Variability in Observations and Global Climate Models." Journal of Climate 29 (24): 9027-9043 [10.1175/jcli-d-16-0182.1]

    Rivero-Calle, S., C. E. Del Castillo, A. Gnanadesikan, et al. A. Dezfuli, B. Zaitchik, and D. G. Johns. 2016. "Interdecadal Trichodesmium variability in cold North Atlantic waters." Global Biogeochemical Cycles [10.1002/2015gb005361]

    Ichoku, C., L. T. Ellison, K. E. Willmot, et al. T. Matsui, A. K. Dezfuli, C. K. Gatebe, J. Wang, E. M. Wilcox, J. Lee, J. Adegoke, C. Okonkwo, J. Bolten, F. S. Policelli, and S. Habib. 2016. "Biomass burning, land-cover change, and the hydrological cycle in Northern sub-Saharan Africa." Environmental Research Letters 11 (9): 095005 [10.1088/1748-9326/11/9/095005]

    Badr, H. S., B. F. Zaitchik, and A. K. Dezfuli. 2015. "A tool for hierarchical climate regionalization." Earth Science Informatics 8 (4): 949--958

    Dezfuli, A. K., B. F. Zaitchik, and A. Gnanadesikan. 2015. "Regional atmospheric circulation and rainfall variability in south equatorial Africa." Journal of Climate 28 (2): 809--818

    Badr, H., B. Zaitchik, and A. Dezfuli. 2014. "HiClimR: Hierarchical climate regionalization." Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN).[Available online at http://cran. r-project. org/package5HiClimR.]

    Berhane, F., B. Zaitchik, and A. Dezfuli. 2014. "Subseasonal analysis of precipitation variability in the Blue Nile River Basin." Journal of climate 27 (1): 325--344

    Nicholson, S. E., and A. K. Dezfuli. 2013. "The relationship of rainfall variability in western equatorial Africa to the tropical oceans and atmospheric circulation. Part I: The boreal spring." Journal of climate 26 (1): 45--65

    Dezfuli, A. K., and S. E. Nicholson. 2013. "The relationship of rainfall variability in western equatorial Africa to the tropical oceans and atmospheric circulation. Part II: The boreal autumn." Journal of Climate 26 (1): 66--84

    Nicholson, S. E., A. K. Dezfuli, and D. Klotter. 2012. "A Two-Century Precipitation Dataset for the Continent of Africa." Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 93 (8): 1219-1231 [10.1175/bams-d-11-00212.1]

    Nicholson, S. E., D. Klotter, and A. K. Dezfuli. 2012. "Spatial reconstruction of semi-quantitative precipitation fields over Africa during the nineteenth century from documentary evidence and gauge data." Quaternary Research 78 (1): 13--23

    Dezfuli, A. K., and S. E. Nicholson. 2011. "A note on long-term variations of the African easterly jet." International Journal of Climatology 31 (13): 2049--2054

    Dezfuli, A. K. 2011. "Spatio-temporal variability of seasonal rainfall in western equatorial Africa." Theoretical and applied climatology 104 (1-2): 57--69

    Razavi Toosi, S., J. M. Samani, and A. Koorehpazan Dezfuli. 2010. "Ranking water transfer projects using fuzzy methods." Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers-Water Management 163 (4): 189--197

    Dezfuli, A. K., M. Karamouz, and S. Araghinejad. 2010. "On the relationship of regional meteorological drought with SOI and NAO over southwest Iran." Theoretical and applied climatology 100 (1-2): 57--66

    Non-Refereed

    Dezfuli, A. 2022. "Congo Basin, a neglected world heritage." Nature Africa [Full Text (Link)] [10.1038/d44148-022-00100-0]

    Dezfuli, A. 2022. "Studying the Middle East’s sky rivers." Nature Middle East [10.1038/nmiddleeast.2022.8]

    Koorehpazan Dezfuli, A. 2005. "Principles of Fuzzy Set Theory and its Applications in the Modeling of Water Engineering Problems (In Persian, reprinted in 2007; 2015)."

                                                                                                                                                                                            
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